Observatory Hill to Lake Mendota in nine seconds? That’s one way to beat the long, cold winter days on campus. Thrilling!

UW Tobogan Run, c. 1911.Launch site located (approximately) between the current site of Washburn Observatory (R) and the La Follette School for Public Affairs building (L).

Image #S07723 and #S07722.

For more information about UW-Madison campus history, contact uwarchiv@library.wisc.edu or visit archives.library.wisc.edu. On, Wisconsin!

The Right Stuff!

March 1, 1966. Upon their arrival at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin astronauts James A. Lovell, Jr. (Capt. USN) and Donald K. “Deke” Slayton entertained question from local and state press at news conference in the Base Operations Hangar. Some three to four-hundred spectators were present. Lovell attended UW-Madison for two years before transferring to and graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1952. 

Left to Right: Fred Harrington, president of the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Governor Warren P. Knowles, Lovell, Slayton, Major General Frederick R. Terrell, commander of the 30th Air Division (ADC), Truax, and Otto Festge, Mayor of Madison. 

Image #S12817 (Acc 1985/054). 


For more information about Lovell and Slayton’s 1966 visit to Wisconsin and UW-Madison, or campus history, contact uwarchiv@library.wisc.edu or visit http://archives.library.wisc.edu. On, Wisconsin!